Friday update

I want to make a reminder to my readers that is very important in the age of COVID-19: If you have reservations at a restaurant and can’t make it, please call and let the restaurant know so they can re-book the space. Jennifer Biggs of The Daily Memphian reports that this is a big problem during the pandemic. With many restaurants forced to operate at half capacity or less, keeping tables 6 feet apart, a no-show on a reservation hurts twice as much as it normally would.

There are a couple of American Athletic Conference games on ESPN tonight: #17 SMU at Tulane at 5:00 and independent powerhouse #14 BYU at Houston at 8:30.

Women of Soul, a concert featuring Karen Brown and D’Monet, happens at the Orpheum at 7 tomorrow tonight.

However, tomorrow morning’s performance of Baby Shark Live scheduled for the Orpheum has been canceled.

The Downtown Neighborhood Association will hold its first in-person monthly meeting since February on Tuesday, October 27 at Loflin Yard. DNA members will be given priority over non-members with space limited to 50 because of COVID regulations. There will be temperature checks and contact tracing at the door.

The Memphis Business Journal asks, whatever happened to the proposed Mud Island aquarium? The city first proposed the idea in 2018 but has been unable to find an investor.

By the way, if anyone from the MBJ is reading, you might want to do a Google search on that article’s headline. My daily Google Alerts indicate there are some shady websites scraping your content.

The pandemic led to a $1.7 million loss for Memphis in May this year. That’s nearly three times the largest loss of any previous year.

The Shelby County Health Department has revised its recommendations for Halloween. While trick-or-treating is still not recommended, there are best practices you can follow. You can give out individually bagged candy so kids are not reaching into a common bowl. You can give candy to kids outside, wear a mask, and wash your hands frequently.

It looks like the popular Monster Mash party at the Mallory-Neely House in Victorian Village is still on. The party is outdoors and is limited to 100 guests, and therefore is considered a “small gathering” (less than 200) by the Health Department.

Marcella and Her Lovers perform at Health Sciences Park today 11 AM to 1 PM. A food truck will be at the park. Masks are encouraged and sanitation supplies will be available.

Alexis Taylor plays The Vault tonight at 8. Prior to that she’ll be on South Main Stream Live at 6:30.

That’s it for now. I’m going to early vote after I get off work this afternoon. Back tomorrow with more news.